Mike Chisholm. BHSc., MSc., MMACP., MCSP. Chartered Physiotherapist
Mike was first introduced to the use of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM) in 2007 and found it to be unparalleled in its effectiveness in treating the soft tissue component of the musculoskeletal system. In 2009 he undertook formal training in the Graston Technique and in 2011 he became a certified Graston Technique practitioner. He continued to develop his use of IASTM through studying and teaching the FAKTR concept and in 2009 began to develop his own understanding of IASTM by learning as much as he could about the body’s fascial network. His research and studying reached fruition in 2012 when, in collaboration with Donna and Kay, Kinnective was born.
Mike has been a Chartered Physiotherapist for the last 19 years and for 15 of those he has worked with the Great Britain Rowing team. Most recently this has been through his work as a contractor with the English Institute of Sport and the London games were his 4th with the squad.
From 1999 Mike was a Physiotherapist with the Royal Ballet Company, becoming Head of Physiotherapy in 2001. In 2002 he left the company to pursue his interest in sports physiotherapy and to formalise his Pilates training but during this time he continued to work extensively with dancers and actors from West End shows. Although his interest in Pilates began in the world of dance he has developed and adapted it in his work with elite athletes.
In the world of sport Mike initially worked part-time with Leeds Rhino's Academy Rugby League and then Plymouth Albion Rugby Union teams. He first worked with the GB Rowing Team in 1999 at altitude training camp just before the Sydney Olympics. In 2005 Mike formalised his work in sport when he accepted a post with the English Institute of Sport at Bisham Abbey in Marlow. He has worked for the EIS for 9 years both as a member of staff and as a contractor and in that time has treated athletes from 31 Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth and Home Nation disciplines. In 2007 he was appointed Lead Physiotherapist to the GB Paralympic Rowing Team and accompanied them to the Beijing games. In more diverse roles Mike has worked on The Social Network during filming at Henley Royal Regatta and in 2011 he started working with Formula 1, GP3 and Le Mans 24 Hours drivers.
In 1992, whilst training as a navigator in the RAF, Mike suffered a serious knee injury and was discharged on medical grounds. Following his rehabilitation he decided to re-train as a Physiotherapist himself and graduated in 1995 with a BHSc in Physiotherapy from Leeds University. He worked in the National Health Service for 2 years before deciding to further his studies and in 1998 he graduated from University College London with an MSc in Neuro-musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. He was awarded a Hospital Savings Association, MSc Research, Charitable Trust Scholarship for the research he undertook and also qualified as a member of the Manipulative Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MMACP).